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Discover New Ways To Enjoy Chess (And Win Prizes)

Discover New Ways To Enjoy Chess (And Win Prizes)

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March is here! Read on for event coverage and recaps, product improvements designed to make your life easier, and lots of exciting community updates and ways for you to win prizes, learn from titled players, and connect with other chess lovers.

Here's what this monthly update covers: 


Product & Engineering

The team's focus has been on optimizing and improving various aspects of your experience on Chess.com, as well as quelling a small robot uprising.

An image featuring three of Chess.com's AI bots.

  • The cat bots were replaced by A.I. bots, from the still-learning ChessGPT to the mighty Agent Chess. While they might not have been as cute and fluffy as their predecessors, the community played a whopping 137 million games against them.
  • Many of those games were played against Luk.AI, the basketball superstar bot, who improved over the course of the month before defeating Agent Chess and cementing his place under the 'Personalities' section of Play Computer.
  • We have made improvements to our friends and social features to make finding, inviting, and challenging your friends easier than ever. The search function now searches all members, the page looks nicer and more intuitive, and it should now be easier than ever to play with your friends.
  • In January, we added 15,154 additional puzzles, bringing our total up to 594,630.
  • In February, our total is at 594,570. Why the drop in numbers? We delisted lots of sub-optimal puzzles. If you've ever reported a puzzle for not being great, thank you! There's a chance that it was one of the ones we removed. 

If you are an engineer and want to help grow the game of chess, come work with us! Visit Chess.com/jobs to find out more.

Events

The first event of the 2023 Champions Chess Tour was decided in a showdown between GMs Magnus Carlsen and Hikaru Nakamura, with plenty more action playing out this month. 

An image of GM Magnus Carlsen, stating that he is the winner of the 2023 AirThings Masters as part of the Champions Chess Tour.

Community

Here are some of the Community Team’s highlights, including a weekly chance for you to win a Chess.com Diamond membership and more.

  • The PCL Prediction Contest continues! Prizes will be awarded on a weekly basis as well as an overall prize at the end of the competition, so there’s always something to play for, no matter what your previous results were. Check out all the info here.
  • Looking for some extra insights to help you make your predictions? Check out the weekly PCL Talkshow every Monday on Twitch at 3 p.m. EST, featuring IM Kassa Korley and chessboxing champion Matt Thomas.
  • There are more reasons than ever before to join the Chess.com Discord:
    • Blitz Arenas every Friday with Diamond membership prizes for the top three + a random user who played more than eight games!
    • Thursdays feature 'Community Hour' sessions with Chess.com staff, alternated with AMAs in which the community can engage with titled players like GM Sam Shankland and IM Andras Toth.
    • Weekly 'Find the Plan' events, where the community can analyze a position together and try to find the best course of action.
    • The chance to win exclusive merch prizes for the most active participants of 'Danny vs Discord', a game our community is playing against IM Danny Rensch through discussing moves and voting. 
    • Plenty of exciting things coming up in the future: a 'caption this' meme contest, more event-related prediction contests, more arenas, and educational content aimed at improving chess players.

Content

Here's a rundown of some of the top chess content from February.

Fair Play

The Fair Play team has been hard at work. In addition to their regular checks and keeping things fair for all Chess.com users, the Champions Chess Tour and Pro Chess League are off to a good start!

Fair Play stats for February:

  • 121,938 Fair Play closures (including 7 titled players)
  • 305,547 mute actions
  • 267,406 accounts muted
  • 144,411 abuse closures

Support

The Chess.com Support Team is experiencing a huge amount of requests and questions. Because we want to fix your problems and help everyone as best as possible, it means that solving issues can take time. Since the team is receiving more than double the usual workload, it could take several days to get back to you. Know that everyone is working hard behind the scenes and that we take your issues seriously! Here are the stats for February:

  • Average Time to First Response: Longer than usual
  • Total Support Responses: 63,133
  • Average Quality by Member Rating: 93%
  • Total Ratings: 5,444

As always, thank you for making Chess.com such an amazing place, and thank you for the comments you leave on these updates. Stay tuned—your thoughts might be featured in one of these updates soon...

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